Education

 

2016         Ph.D. Feminist Studies          

University of Washington
Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dissertation: Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico: Alternative Imaginaries of the Ideal National Body

Dissertation Advisors: Dr. Angela B. Ginorio and Dr. Shirley Yee

 

2010         M. A. Women’s Studies
                  Southern Connecticut State University

Thesis: Challenges of the Third Wave: Mobilizing Young Women to the Feminist Movements in Puerto Rico

         Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ilene Crawford


2004         B. A. Office System Administration

Magna Cum Laude
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH)

 

 

Research and Teaching Interests

 

Major interests include: Feminist, queer, and critical race theory; Women of Color feminist theories and epistemologies; Performance, Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Violence, Decolonial, and Island Studies; popular culture; public protests; and feminist activisms.

Employment History

 

2018-Present         Assistant Professor 

                                Department of Women’s & Gender Studies 

                                Gonzaga University 

 

2016-2018             Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities 

                                Department of Women & Gender Studies 

                                Gonzaga University 

Peer-reviewed Publications

 

Karides, M., & Rodríguez-Coss, N. (2022). Island Feminisms in/on Island Studies: Place, Justice, Movement. Shima, 16(1), 137–142. 10.21463/shima.153

 

Rodríguez Coss, N. (2020). An Intersectional Analysis of Island Feminist Praxis in Puerto Rico. In F. Gaini & H. Pristed Nielsen (Eds.), Gender and island communities (pp. 82-99). Routledge.  

 

Pristed Nielsen, H. & Rodríguez-Coss, N. (2020). Island Studies through Love and Affection to Power and Politics. In F. Gaini & H. Pristed Nielsen (Eds.), Gender and island communities (pp. 158-173). Routledge.  

 

Valdovinos, M. G., Rodríguez-Coss, N., & Parekh, R. (2020). Healing through Ancestral Knowledge and Letters to Our Children: Mothering Infants during a Global Pandemic. Genealogy, 4(4), 119. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4040119 

 

Rodríguez Coss, N. (2020, March). A Feminist Intersectional Analysis of Economic and Resource (In)Equality in Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria. Gonzaga Journal of International Law, 23(1), 97–113.  

 

Rodríguez Coss, N. (2020). Re-framing the enemy within in academia. In J. Van Galen & J. Sablan (Eds.), Amplified voices, intersectional identities (pp. 137-142). Brill Publishers. 

 

Courses Taught

 

Gonzaga University, 2016-Present

 

WGST 499        Symposium 
 

WGST 380        Transnational Feminism

WGST 202        Gender, Difference, and Power

WGST 205        Gender & Popular Culture

WGST 193        Love

WGST 193        Feminist Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean 

 

Related Teaching Experience

 

2016         Participant, “Course Design Institute – Summer 2016”

                  Center for Teaching and Advising

                  Gonzaga University

2014         Workshop Designer and Facilitator, “Presenting Your Research Effectively” and “Planning and Facilitating

Discussions,” Teaching and Research Assistant Conference, University of Washington – Seattle.

 

2012         Workshop Designer and Facilitator, “Motivating Students to Learn: Applying principles of Learning to Teaching”

and “Responding to Longer Student Essays and Assigning Grades,” Teaching and Research Assistant Conference, University of Washington – Seattle.

 

Related Professional Activities

 

2008         Ella T. Grasso Leadership Program Conference Coordinator            

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame                                      

 

2004         Program Coordinator

ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program of the National Science Foundation     

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

 

 

Awards and Honors

 

2019         International Education Council (IEC) Global Engagement Faculty Development Fund, Gonzaga University.

 

2016         Under-represented Minority Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship (Competitive selection)

                  Gonzaga University

2014         National Women's Studies Association Graduate Scholarship

 

2014         Doman Award for Excellence in Teaching

 

2014         Women of Color Leadership Project Participant (Competitive selection)

National Women’s Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

2010         Departmental Service Award  (with the Women of Color Collective)

Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

University of Washington

 

2008         Women of Color Caucus Essay Award

National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference

 

Grants and Fellowships

 

2019         Digital Humanities Fellowship, Digital Humanities Initiative, Gonzaga University

2016         Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities, Gonzaga University

 

2014         GO-MAP Stroum Endowed Minority Fellowship

 

2012         Herring-Phelps Endowment for the Empowerment of Women (with Women of Color Collective)

University of Washington, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

 

2010         UW Graduate Opportunity & Minority Achievement Program

 

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

International Conferences

 

2018    Panel Presentation: “A Feminist Intersectional Analysis of Economic and Resource (In)Equality in Puerto Rico               before and after Hurricane Maria

            Gonzaga Law Human Rights Conference, Florence, Italy

 

2018   Roundtable: “Una mirada histórica de los feminismos latinoamericanos y caribeños: temas, paradigmas y                    puntos de inflexión”

            Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Spain

 

2016    “Island Feminist Studies: A theoretical overview of the ideal national body and Puerto Rico’s feminisms”

             Panel: “Why Island Feminism?” (Invited talk)

            14th International Small Islands Studies Association, University of the Aegean, Lesvos Island, Greece

 

2008    “Equidad y Transparencia: Lecciones Aprendidas de los Procesos de Reclutamiento y Retención de las                           Mujeres en las Ciencias en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao” Mundo de Mujeres/ Women’s Worlds               Congress

             Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

 

 

National Conferences

 

2019    “Island feminist praxis in Puerto Rico” Paper presentation at the 2019 National Women’s Studies Association               Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 

2019    “Transnational and Transgenerational Mentoring: Women of Color Transforming Academic Borders”                             Roundtable presentation at the 2019 National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 

2019    “Estudios sobre la Perspectiva Feminista Isleña y Colaboraciones Transnacionales”

             Paper presentation at the XII Coloquio Nacional Sobre Las Mujeres, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras,               San Juan, PR

 

2019    “Transitando espacios hacia los estudios feministas” Panel presentation at the                                                                     XII Coloquio Nacional Sobre Las Mujeres, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, San Juan, PR

 

2017    “‘Los vamos a sacar vivos o muertos’: An Island Feminist Perspective on Identity, Community Struggle, Police              Brutality and Race in Puerto Rico”

            National Women's Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

 

2017    Roundtable: “A Transnational Dialogue on Island Feminisms” (organizer and participant)

             National Women's Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

 

2017    “Perspectiva feminista-isleña sobre la construcción del cuerpo femenino en Puerto Rico”

             XI Coloquio Nacional sobre las Mujeres, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

 

2016    Panel: “Island Feminism” (Invited Paper)

             37th Annual Hawai'i Sociological Association Conference

             University of Hawai'i at Hilo

 

2015    Panel: “Transformaciones de Vida: Rol de las Universidades desde la Intervención a la Formación                                   Professional” (Invited Paper)

             XI Conferencia Anual de Agresión Sexual

             University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

 

2014    “¡No tengo opciones!: Understanding state and colonial violence through feminist street performance art in              Puerto Rico”

            National Women's Studies Association Conference, San Juan, PR

 

2014    “Bodies Speaking from the Ground: Contesting Cultural Construction of the Ideal National Body in Puerto                   Rico”

             National Women's Studies Association Conference, San Juan, PR

 

2014    “Rehearsing Feminisms: Collaborating with Interactive Theater in Academic Settings

             Race and Pedagogy National Conference”

             University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

 

2013    “Decolonizing women’s bodies: Imagining possibilities for anti-violence through radical feminist                                     performance in Puerto Rico”

             Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago

 

2012    “Decolonizing women’s bodies: Imagining possibilities for anti-violence through radical feminist                                     performance in Puerto Rico”

             National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA

 

2011    “Playing at Science: Theatrical consciousness-raising about women in science”

            National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO

 

2010    Panel presentation: “Challenges of the Third Wave: Young Women & Feminist Movements of Puerto Rico”

            19th Annual Women's Studies Conference

            Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

 

 

Collaborative Research Experience

2016-present   Island Feminisms Project

                           Collaborator: Marina Karides, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

                           www.islandfeminisms.org

 

2013                Women Who Rock Community Project, University of Washington

                         Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Habell-Pallán


2012                Rural Girls in Science Project (NSF Funded), University of Washington

                         Principal Investigator: Dr. Angela B. Ginorio

 

Invited Talks and Workshops

 

2017        Island Feminism and Feminist Studies

                 Graduate Seminar: Global Women of Color

                 University of Florida

2016         Panel: “Why Island Feminism?”

14th International Small Islands Studies Association Conference (ISISA)

Lesvos Island, Greece

 

2016         Panel: “Island Feminism”

37th Annual Hawai’i Sociological Association Conference

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

2015         Panel: “Transformaciones de Vida: Rol de las Universidades desde la Intervención a la Formación Professional”

XI Conferencia Anual de Agresión Sexual

University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

 

2015         Public Lecture: “Speaking From the Ground: A Critical Analysis of Feminist

Street Performance, Gender and Nationhood in Puerto Rico”

South Puget Sound Community College

 

 

Classroom Presentations

 

2021        “A Feminist Perspective On Colonialism and Environmental Justice in Puerto Rico”

                 Department of Geography and Environment Lecture Series, Spring 2021

                 University of Hawai'i at Manoa

2019        “Island Feminist Praxis in Puerto Rico”

                  Course: Encounters in Public Spheres

                  Gonzaga University

 

2019         “Neocolonialism in Puerto Rico”

                  Course: Justice and Art in Civic Life

                  Gonzaga University

 

2018        “Feminist Street Performance Denouncing Gender-based Violence”

                 Course: Latin American Theater 

                 Gonzaga University

 

2018        “Estereotipos y Prejuicios en los Medios de Comunicación”

                  Course: Introducción a los Medios Masivos 

                  Universidad del Este, Carolina, Puerto Rico

 

2017        “Leraning Gender, Intersectioinality and Privilege”

Course: Multicultural Counseling

Gonzaga University

2015         “Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico”

Course: Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality

University of Washington – Bothell

 

2015         “Feminist Street Performance in Puerto Rico”

Course: Intercultural Communication

South Puget Sound Community College

 

2014         “Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico”

Course: Psychology of Women

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

 

2014         “Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico”

Workshop for Prevention of Violence against Women Program

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

 

2014         “Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico”

Course: Meanings and Realities of Inequality

University of Washington – Bothell

 

2013         “Feminist Street Performances in Puerto Rico”

Course: Latina Cultural Production Course   

University of Washington – Seattle

 

2011         “Home and Work”

Course: Race, Class and Gender in Social Stratification        

University of Washington – Seattle

 

 

Professional Service

 

2021         Co-organizer, Spring 2021 Island Feminisms Speaker Series

                  Island Feminisms Project (www.islandfeminisms.org)​

 

2019         Reviewer, Hypatia "Indigenizing and Decolonizing Feminist Philosophy”  

                  Volume 35 - Special Issue 1 - Winter 2020

 

2019         Respondent, “Carving Freedoms and Forging Alternative Futures in Latin America and the Caribbean”  

                  6th Biennial Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples Conference

                  Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

2017         Guest speaker: “Estereotipos y Prejuicios en los Medios de Comunicación”

Universidad del Este, Carolina, Puerto Rico

2015         Discussant, “Artivismo: Otra clase de activismo”

XI Conferencia Anual de Agresión Sexual

University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez

 

2014         Session Organizer, “Crossing Disciplinary Borders: Innovating to Educate”

Race and Pedagogy National Conference                                                                               

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

 

2014         Discussant, “Juntillas de Activismo Performático: Otro Tipo de Activismo”

National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Juan, PR

 

2014         Discussant, “Crossing Disciplinary Borders: Innovating to Educate”

Race and Pedagogy National Conference                                                                               

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

 

2012         Session Organizer, “Deploying Decolonial Imaginaries: Chicana/Latina Feminist Practices”

National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA

 

2011         Session Organizer, “The Women of Color Collective: Creating Spaces for Women of Color in Academia”

Educational Bodies: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality in Academia Conference

Harvard University, Boston, MA

 

2011         Session Organizer “Testimoniando: Women of Color Share Stories of Resistance and Creating Spaces in

Academia”

National Women Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

 

 

Departmental Service

 

2016+      Advisory Committee, Women’s and Gender Studies, Gonzaga University

2018-19   Faculty Senate and the Senate’s Policy Committee

2013        Graduate Committee, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies  (GWSS)

 

2012         Co-organized workshop “How to help a student who has experienced power-based violence” for GWSS Teaching

Assistants.

 

2012         Award Committee, GWSS        

 

2010         Graduate Student Representative, GWSS

 

 

 University Service

2018+       Social Justice Committee of the Core Assessment Project

2018+       Mentor, Act Six Scholarship

 

2016         Mentor, The Leadership, Education, Academic Development, and Success Skills Mentoring Program (LEADS),

Gonzaga University

2014         Co-organized Panel: “Claiming Competence: Women of Color and the Academy”

Women of Color Collective and Women Investigating Race, Ethnicity, and Difference

 

2011         Senator UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (until 2013)

 

2011         Graduate Student Representative UW Faculty Council on Multicultural Affairs (until 2013)

 

2011         Student Ambassador for the Graduate School Student Speakers

Bureau & Ambassador Program

 

2010         Women of Color Collective Conference Planning Committee (until 2013)

 

 

Public Scholarship

 

Rodríguez Coss, N. (August 2, 2019). El poder de la protesta y las consignas sanadoras de la diaspora. 80 Grados: https://www.80grados.net/el-poder-de-la-protesta-y-las-consignas-sanadoras-de-la-diaspora/

 

Community Involvement/Outreach

 

2013         Facilitator Staff Workshop “Exploring identities, women's cultures and white privilege in the U.S.,” Non-Profit

Organization New Beginnings: Ending Domestic Violence

 

 

Media Coverage

 

2021         Interview, “We the People: Why stop at 50? Puerto Rico, D.C. could become states under proposals in Congress”                      by Orion Donovan-Smith, The Spokesman-Review.

 

2018         Interview, “Gonzaga community members discuss Puerto Rico recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria” by                                  Matthew Kincanon, The Gonzaga Bulletin.

 

2017          Interview, “Puerto Rico after Maria: GU teaching fellow and San Lorenzo native visits island” by Matthew                                   Kincanon, The Gonzaga Bulletin.

 

2017           Interview, “Social media hashtag starts conversations about sexual assault” by Matthew Kincanon, The                                     Gonzaga Bulletin.

 

2014           Interview about performance for article: “V-Day: One Billion Rising to stop domestic violence” by Sarah                                      Stuteville, The Seattle Times.

 

Related Professional Skills

 

2014         Interactive Theater Summer Institute

Illumination Project

Portland Community College

 

2012         Member Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (until 2016)

University of Washington     

 

 

Languages

 

Spanish: native language.

English: second language.

 

 

Professional Memberships


National Women’s Studies Association 
International Small Islands Studies Association

Puerto Rican Studies Association